The spirit of giving stepped into the spotlight throughout April. Here are highlights from Missouri S&T’s Philanthropy Month celebration.
TAG Day: Green for gratitude
Missouri S&T got its green on twice this semester – first for St. Pat’s and again on April 15, when green tags, buttons and T-shirts bearing the message, “Made Possible Thanks to Our Generous Donors,” appeared on campus landmarks, offices, labs, equipment, students, faculty—and even lunch plates—in celebration of TAG (Thanking All Givers) Day. The power of giving has always made a difference at S&T. TAG Day raised awareness of how extraordinary the philanthropic spirit really is by tagging hundreds of examples of generosity. Take a TAG tour.
Students inspiring students: 15 for ’15!
In celebration of Philanthropy Month, the members of Blue Key and Students Today, Alumni Tomorrow (STAT) launched the Spirit for Change campaign with the slogan, “15 for ’15!.” Their goal: motivating 15 percent of students to make a gift to Blue Key in 2015. Contributions support student projects from hot chocolate giveaways in winter to rainy day umbrella rescues. To learn more about this student inspired initiative, visit www.mineralumni.com/15for15.
Battle of the Brains: Celebrating the knock-out spirit of scholarship support
Scholarship students and donors teamed up for a cause on April 17 when they competed in the third annual Battle of the Brains, a scholarship trivia night raising funds for student organizations. With three prerequisites—feasting, fun and fast-thinking—participants celebrated the power of scholarship support by competing for the mental heavyweight title Biggest Brainiac. View combat highlights.
Woman of the Year: Honoring contributions to the campus community
Congratulations to Dan Lin, assistant professor of computer science, who was named Missouri S&T’s 2015 Woman of the Year on April 15. The annual award honors a tenured or tenure-track female faculty member for her commitment to strengthening diversity and enriching campus life. It includes a $2,000 stipend funded by Missouri S&T alumna and trustee Cynthia Tang, Econ’85. This marked the 18th year for the Woman of the Year Award. Read more about our 2015 winner.
Keeping a competitive advantage: S&T dedicates 11 lab enhancements
Donors and members of the university family gathered in Toomey Hall on April 16 to dedicate 11 labs upgraded with new technology through nearly $2 million in state funding, grants and charitable contributions.
Through the strategic initiative process, the University of Missouri System awarded $500,000 in one-time funds that Missouri S&T initially matched with $500,000 in grants and gifts. Due to the strength of the campus proposals to upgrade the undergraduate labs, Missouri S&T reallocated an additional $366,000 in campus funds and $100,000 from information technology. An additional $366,000 from donors and corporations brought the total investment to nearly $2 million.
From a new turbine gas engine to a nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer, these high-priority enhancements added state-of-the-art technology in chemistry, computer science, geology, physics, and chemical, electrical, mechanical, aerospace, mining, nuclear and petroleum engineering. Read more.